Latest News
8:01 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Levee Board Meeting On Lawsuit To Force Wetlands Repair

The levee board suing 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies to force repairs of wetlands damaged over the years by production will be discussing the lawsuit Thursday.

It comes after Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation that blocks the board from pursuing that plan.

He says the lawsuit runs counter to the state’s master plan for coastal restoration.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will have a closed-door session to discuss the lawsuit.

Latest News
7:59 am
Thu June 19, 2014

GOP House Members Voting Today On Scalise For Whip

Steve Scalise.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson will be finding out later today if he’ll take over the number-three spot in House GOP leadership.

He’s asking his colleagues to elect him House Whip.

In that position, he’d be in charge of wrangling votes from fellow Republicans on legislation the party supports.

Two other Congressmen are running for the post — one from Illinois, the other from Indiana.

The shakeup comes after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Virginia seat earlier this month to a Tea Party challenger.

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Listening Post NOLA
6:45 am
Thu June 19, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What Did You Eat Yesterday?

Mark Richardson

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is food and nutrition.

Louisiana has one of the highest rates of obesity in the U.S. Around 34% of adults in the state are overweight.

Healthy food options are increasing around New Orleans, but many residents still struggle to access them.

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Latest News
4:49 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

State Coastal Leaders Convene To Discuss Future Projects

Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority had its monthly meeting on Wednesday.
Louisiana GOHSEP Flickr

Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority had its monthly meeting on Wednesday. Officials discussed BP oil spill money, sediment diversions, sea level rise, and beach and dune restoration.

Laurie Cormier is the Coastal Zone manager in Southwestern Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish. Cormier also sits on the CPRA. She says the focus in her region is the creation of breakwaters, which help protect against storm surge.

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Inside the Arts
11:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Festigals Bodacious Weekend Celebration, Les Miserables And Harp Carnivale

This week on Inside the Arts, that bodacious festival that celebrates women, Festigals, gears up for an extended weekend of fun in the French Quarter.

Across town, Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane presents an iconic musical — Les Miserables.

And, we round out with a Harp Carnivale as the American Harp Society's National Conference kicks off in town next week.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Latest News
8:07 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Opponents Continue Fight Against St. Tammany Parish Fracking Proposal

While critics of a proposed hydraulic fracturing project in Mandeville appeared at a state hearing in Baton Rouge, a lawsuit was filed in a nearby courtroom to stop the plan.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that the state Department of Natural Resources is considering a permit requested by Helis Oil and Gas. The hearing focused on whether the 960-acre parcel north of Interstate 12 is large enough to handle the process known as fracking.

The St. Tammany Parish Council is filing a lawsuit claiming the project can’t be done on land zoned for residential use.

Latest News
8:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Sentencing Delayed Again For Former Mayor Nagin

C. Ray Nagin.
Credit Franklin Reyes / AP

There’s been another delay in the sentencing of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. The federal court is now scheduled to decide the case  July 9.

Former Mayor Nagin could be facing at least 20 years for the 20 guilty verdicts he received on corruption charges.

They include bribery, fraud and money laundering that occurred during his two terms in office. It’s the second delay in the sentencing.

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Community
7:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

New Orleans Police Department, Short On Officers, Holds Job Fair

NOPD held a recruiting event to inform potential applicants about the variety of jobs available in the department.
Kate Richardson

Federal officials and citizens alike have been calling on the New Orleans Police Department to hire more officers and rethink its approach to handling 911 calls for service. In response, city officials have lifted some restrictions on residency and former drug use to join NOPD. Right now the department has about 1,150 officers, and hopes to add at least a hundred more by year's end.

NOPD is also actively recruiting potential candidates with events like a recent job fair at Langston Hughes Academy.

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Features
7:59 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Audubon Zoo Welcomes Bonnie The Rhino

Bonnie the rhinoceros. A rhino's best-developed sense is her hearing.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Bonnie the rhinoceros, a 15-year-old Southern White Rhino weighing more than two tons, is the latest new arrival at the Audubon Zoo.

Bonnie, who was born and raised at the Lion Country Safari in Florida, joins the one male and two female rhinos already living at the Zoo. Bonnie arrived in late April and has been acclimating herself to her new surroundings.

“The hope is she will breed with our male Saba and produce much needed new blood into the captive rhino population,” says Bill Smith, Audubon Zoo's Curator of Hoofstock.

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The Reading Life
1:32 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Reading Life With Nigel Hamilton And Amie Parnes

It's a week for biographers on The Reading Life! Nigel Hamilton, founder and former president of BIO (the Biographers International Organization) talks about his new book, The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-42, and Amie Parnes discusses HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.

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